Sunday, February 17, 2013

Random update

I haven't been spending much time with my camera lately.  Lots of things competing for my attention and I have been busy in other things.

During and after my recent portrait session I realized how little I know about posing a model and how I need to learn more techniques.  My lighting techniques have proved pretty effective and improving my posing should really help my portrait quality.

Instead of taking photos, among other things, I've been reading a lot more.  Both for a technical writing class I'm undertaking as well as  photography techniques.  I've also been reading up on body language, and what a fascinating, complex subject it is.  Hopefully having a better understanding of body language will help with my portrait photography.  It certainly explains why some photos have a stronger attraction or emotive response than others.

I certainly have every intention of picking up my camera again but also plan on continuing my (mixed) reading as it all adds into who I am and also into my photography.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Portrait photo examples

I promised I would post some examples from my recent portrait session and after a longer delay than I intended, I am fulfilling that promise.

All photos were taken with a SB-600 on a stand with a Lastolite softbox and a 42" white reflector.  The lens I was using was my 60mm Micro-Nikkor (effective 90mm on my D100).  The model was a very talented, young lady called Laney.  She is a natural in front of the camera which belies her young age and she has a very classic look, reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood.